The Riverside Youth Judo Club, a project of the Police Activities League, competed at the largest National Judo Tournament in the U.S. Saturday, December 6, 2014. There were 709 competitors from all over the country (as far as New York, South Carolina, Florida, and Hawaii), along with a total of 100 veteran, long-standing judo clubs.
The two-year old “fledgling” judo club brought the largest group of fighters to the event. The club had 50 competitors, many of which had never previously competed. They are a charitable, non-profit club and have many students (about 50%) who are economically disadvantaged and sponsored by the City and Police Activities League. They had several generous contributions from members of the Riverside Police Department and the judo club who helped sponsor many of the competitors, covering their $50 entrance fee. They were able to fundraise the rest with Candy and Apple sales.
Riverside Youth Judo Club finished the day ranked as the #3 Top-Winning club of the tournament (again, out of 100 judo clubs attending). They were only outdone by the 2nd largest judo club in the Country (Goltz Club) and the historical and aggressive Hayastan club. The club outperformed 96 Judo clubs represented at the National Tournament!
It’s great that youth involved in the Judo Club have an opportunity to compete and do well because of the generosity of a community that cares. Sponsorships and hard work from the City and Police Activities League continually model Riverside as a unified city.
To read more about the Riverside Youth Judo Club, click here.